Sam Coulton designs environmentally friendly cemetery that would slowly dye London blue

Bartlett School of Architecture student Sam Coulton has designed a concept for a sustainable alternative to cremation to help Londoners confront death. Called London Physic Gardens: A New London Necropolis, Coulton’s proposal, which he created on his MAarch course at the Bartlett, involves building a new city of the dead where Chelsea’s pleasure gardens once stood. Here,

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Coussée & Goris and RCR Arquitectes use iron-coloured concrete for Belgian crematorium

A+Awards: the next project in our collaboration with Architizer is a tinted concrete and steel crematorium in Holsbeek, Belgium, which was named as one of the winners in the religious buildings and memorials category at the 2016 A+Awards (+ slideshow). Ghent-based Coussée & Goris Architecten teamed up with Spanish firm RCR Arquitectes to win a competition for More

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Graves reached using GPS proposed for bushland cemetery near Sydney

The bereaved will be able to find the location of their loved ones’ graves using GPS in this cemetery without headstones, proposed by Australian firms CHROFI and McGregor Coxall for Sydney (+ slideshow). The pioneering cemetery model stems from the firms’ belief that attitudes towards death are changing as society becomes increasingly secular, and that the More

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Lund University students envision Malmö silo transformed into a crematorium

A disused grain silo in Malmö is converted into a crematorium and “vertical cemetery” in this proposal by Swedish architecture students Fredrik Thornström and Karolina Pajnowska. Thornström and Pajnowska developed the concept called The House of the Living and The House of The Dead as part of their master’s degree at Lund University. It involves the renovation and More

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Katrina Spade’s Urban Death Project proposes a composting facility for dead bodies

Seattle-based designer Katrina Spade has developed a building proposal that offers an eco-friendly alternative to burying or cremating loved ones. Called the Urban Death Project, Spade’s proposal calls for a building in which dead bodies wrapped in linen would be placed in a three-storey core that contains high-carbon materials. The bodies would eventually decompose and become soil. “The More

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Curvaceous concrete crematorium by Plan 01 offers “dignified and serene setting” for mourners

Overlapping cylinders make up this crematorium in northern France, designed by a collective of Parisian architects with walls of ribbed concrete and golden-framed glass (+ slideshow). Paris-based collective Plan 01 used repeating circular motifs to create the non-denominational funeral space in the city of Amiens – in a similar fashion to another crematorium completed by the group in Rennes. Crematorium Amiens sits in a valley surrounded by […]

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Johan Celsing’s red-brick crematorium follows the terrain of Asplund’s Woodland Cemetery

This red-brick crematorium was designed by Swedish architect Johan Celsing to blend into its setting in the historic Woodland Cemetery outside Stockholm (+ slideshow). Johan Celsing Arkitektkontor won a competition run by the city of Stockholm to design the new crematorium for the Woodland Cemetery – a Unesco World Heritage Site originally designed by Swedish […]

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